Endless Summer: Tiki Reviewed

Mural at Tiki | All photos by Chelsea Portner

Mural at Tiki | All photos by Chelsea Portner

It’s way too early to be writing this review, and I don’t care at all. Best thing about being a critic? That moment when you find something that’s best only in that moment. That, for whatever reason—despite calendars and schedules and plans and rules—demands to be paid attention to now.

That’s Tiki.

There’s nothing to the place. It’s so stupidly simple that I love it in stupidly simple ways—without thought, just on pure reflex and lust for fried dumplings, acid-tinged surf rock and Bacardi 151.

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Midtown Village’s Tiki in Photos

Mural at Tiki | All photos by Chelsea Portner

Mural at Tiki | All photos by Chelsea Portner

Tiki, the Midtown Village Tiki bar by Jason Evenchik (Vintage, Time, Bar, Garage and Heritage) and his longtime manager at Time, Tim Heuisler, is getting set to open. The bar, which will offer 13 Tiki drinks and a tight menu of Pacific Rim bites (all edible using chopsticks or fingers) is opening to open in a week to ten days. It would be nice if they could make it open in time for National Mai Tai Day on Thursday, but we will see.

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Tiki Coming to Midtown Village

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Tiki is the next concept for this Midtown Village corner | Photo via Google Maps

Jason Evenchik, owner of Vintage, Time, Bar, Garage and Heritage is opening a tiki bar at 102 South 13th (the former Corner and APO) in Midtown Village. Evenchik, who is partnering with Time general manager Tim Heuisler, is going with a single word name, naming the “surf tiki bar,” Tiki.

Tiki will be a drink focused, casual bar offering both classic tiki drinks and Heuisler’s take on “new tiki.” A small Pacific Rim-inspired food menu will accompany the boozy drinks. Expect noodles, dumplings and meat on sticks. The vibe will helped along by a large tiki-inspired mural and a mix of surf rock and hip-hop.

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Bud & Marilyn’s Is Hosting a Pop-Up Tiki Garden

bud-marilyns-tiki-940Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, December 9th and running through Wednesday, December 23rd,Bud & Marilyn’s is converting the backyard garden they share with Little Nonna’s into a Holiday Tiki Garden. The pop-up comes complete with wooden totems, a thatch roof bamboo bar and of course heat lamps. While tropical tunes play, Bud & Marilyn’s will be serving a special menu of tiki-inspired food and drinks.

Among the highlights are sweet and sour meatballs and glazed pork and pineapple buns. The food will change weekly and go oh so well with the tiki drinks that include the classics from the Scorpion to the Singapore Sling.

Bud & Marilyn’s Tiki Garden will be open Monday through Friday beginning at 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday beginning at noon. Enter the holiday pop-up on Locust Street between 13th and Camac Streets.

Seating is first come; first serve and payment is cash-only. 

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The Yachtsman Turns One Year Old Tonight


Today is The Yachtsman‘s official first birthday. So what better excuse do you need to get out and raise a couple rum-heavy tiki drinks?

What’s that you say? You want half-price cocktails (including the Best of Philly-winning Mai Tai)? Well, you can have that. From 6pm to 8pm all week long, the bar is letting their all their drinks go (with the exception of the Papa Doble and the Zombie Punch) for 50% off.

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Taqueria Feliz to throw Tiki Party


Wednesday, Feb. 25 will be the date of the “Tiki-ria” at Taqueria Feliz

Manayunk’s Taqueria Feliz is throwing a Tiki party today through Thursday, February 26th. Food and drink menu additions will be available all three days with the big party with prizes and giveaways happening on Wednesday, February 25th.

Taqueria Feliz is offering $4 Kona Brewing Co. draft and bottles, along with $7 speciality cocktails like the “Azul Hawaiian,” the “My oh Mai Tai,” Lilikoi Margaritas, and Pina Coladas.

The three-course tasting menu is just $21 per person.

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The Yachtsman Is Fun


Adam Erace weighs in on the cocktails at the Yachtsman and happily reports, the tiki drinks are fun and good. But most importantly, fun.

Making cocktails has been elevated to such high art, at times they can elicit a why-so-serious backlash, but with Yachtsman’s menu of high-octane punches, sneaky frappes and colorful rum coolers, Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal have managed to weave together drinks that feel joyful as well as thoughtful. Like the Bird of Paradise, a frothy cross between a Clover Club and a Ramos gin fizz with a subtle orange blossom perfume, or the grass-green Missionary’s Downfall, a frosty, refreshing rum, peach-and-pineapple situation whose color comes from a jungle of blended-in fresh mint. The velvety Tree Frog, a Don Q banana daiquiri mix with an undercurrent of galangal, allspice and star anise, is flat-out delicious; I want to make it a part of my daily breakfast routine.

Also revealed in Erace’s review, his high school AIM username.

Review: Tropical breezes and tiki reimagined at the Yachtsman [City Paper]
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Get a Sneak Peek at the Yachtsman Tonight


The Illuminati have declared today to be National Pina Colada Day (at least that’s who we assume control the designation of ridiculous things like National Pina Colada Day) and Emmanuelle is offering a pina colada and some tiki drinks that will be on the menu at Tommy Up’s upcoming tiki bar, the Yachtsman.

Emmanuelle opens at 8 p.m. and the pina colada and other tiki drinks are $8 while they last.

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